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21 November, 2016

Groundbreaking Eskan bank REIT public offering opens today

Groundbreaking Eskan bank REIT public offering opens today

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 21 November 2016The initial public offering (IPO) of the Eskan Bank Realty Income Trust (REIT) opens today for two weeks, and will close on Tuesday 6 December 2016. The BD 14.4 million offering represents 72.9% of the Trust’s total size of BD 19.8 million, and has a target of 6.5% in net distributable income payable semi-annually. This Sharia-compliant

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – 21 November 2016

The initial public offering (IPO) of the Eskan Bank Realty Income Trust (REIT) opens today for two weeks, and will close on Tuesday 6 December 2016.  The BD 14.4 million offering represents 72.9% of the Trust’s total size of BD 19.8 million, and has a target of 6.5% in net distributable income payable semi-annually. This Sharia-compliant offering is reserved for Bahraini and GCC nationals, and is open to individual and institutional applicants.

Securities & Investment Company (SICO) is the mandated lead manager, and also the sub-investment manager and dedicated market maker; while Bahrain Islamic Bank (BisB) has been appointed as the receiving bank.

Dr. Khalid Abdulla, General Manager of Eskan Bank, provided details of the initial two Bahraini properties comprising the REIT, which are wholly owned by the Trust.  ”The Eskan Bank REIT enables investors to share in a diversified portfolio of properties, namely Segaya Plaza and Danaat Al Madina, offering diversification within the real estate sector with primary exposure to retail, office and residential segments, thereby spreading the risk of owning individual properties. The properties currently have an occupancy rate of over 85%, and the Trust intends to increase its Sharia-compliant property portfolio as and when attractive opportunities arise.”

“While the occupancy rate continues to gain momentum, we have structured a performance supplement into the Trust, enhancing its attractiveness to investors, and providing an intention by the investment manager to supplement the actual return of the Trust should it be below 6% as the occupancy increases,” he added.

Dr. Abdulla thanked Central Bank of Bahrain for support and cooperation.

Ms. Najla Al Shirawi, Chief Executive Officer of SICO, provided additional details of the offering. “The minimum subscription is BD 500, and allotment priority will be given to individual Bahraini applicants and thereafter all other investor categories on a pro rata basis. The Trust intends to provide unit holders with steady, recurring distributions equating to a minimum of 90% of net distributable income of the Trust; and increased unit holder value through the potential appreciation in the price of units derived from improved property upkeep stemming from a reserve fund dedicated to the Trust.

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“ Investors will have the flexibility to trade their units upon listing on the Bahrain Bourse, with a dedicated market maker providing additional liquidity on an ongoing basis,” she added.

Copies of the offering prospectus and application form can be collected from BisB’s financial malls at Budaiya, Arad and Riffa, or the head office branch in the Diplomatic Area; as well as from the Bahrain Bourse at Bahrain Financial Harbour. The participating BisB outlets will receive completed application forms. Full details and further information regarding the Eskan Bank Realty Income Trust can be obtained by calling (+973) 17 515 200 or visiting www.eskanREIT.com .

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For more information, please contact:
Nadeen Oweis
Head of Corporate Communications 
Securities & Investment Company (SICO)
Tel : 00973 39016469
Email : Nadeen.oweis@sicobahrain.com

Securities & Investment Company (SICO) 
Headquartered in the Kingdom of Bahrain, and with a growing regional presence and international footprint, Securities & Investment Company (SICO) is one of the premier wholesale banks in the GCC region. SICO provides a select range of investment banking solutions – brokerage, market making, treasury, asset management, corporate finance, and custody and fund administration – which are underpinned by an independent, value-added research capability.

Established in 1995, and listed on the Bahrain Bourse in 2003 as a closed company, SICO operates under a conventional wholesale banking licence from the Central Bank of Bahrain. The Bank has two wholly-owned subsidiaries: SICO Fund Services Company (SFS) – a specialised regional custody house; and SICO UAE – an Abu Dhabi-based brokerage firm licensed by the Emirates Securities & Commodities Agency.

The Bank’s strong shareholding base consists of pre-eminent regional financial institutions – Arab Banking Corporation, Ahli United Bank, BBK, Gulf Investment Corporation, Arab Investment Resources Company and National Bank of Bahrain – together with the Social Insurance Organisation of the Kingdom of Bahrain, and the Bank’s staff through the SICO Employee Stock Ownership Plan.

© Press Release 2016